After I had my second kiddo, I went on this whole health kick. At first I was just trying to lose my baby weight so I started paying attention to the ingredients in my food, but it soon snowballed into this whole awakening of not only what we put in our body, but also on our body.
I am so thankful for that time in my life because I became aware of all of these potential health hazards that surrounded me and my little ones. It was at that point that I did a total food/household/beauty products makeover. I threw out everything with bad ingredients, you know the ones that disrupt hormones and cause you to have three eyes (kidding), and then I replaced them with good ones.
Here we are 6 years later and loving every second of our non-toxic lifestyle. It is so comforting as a mother to know that the products I put on myself and my precious (not so baby) babies are safe to use. Now when my exceptionally girly daughter wants to have a spa day or lather up in my shimmer lotion, I know that there is nothing in there that can harm her, and it is such a beautiful piece of mind.
So moms, and moms to be, I want to share some ingredients found in beauty products that you ladies should avoid like the plague. And in case you are wondering why or how these ingredients can cause the damage they do, it is because our skin is the largest organ and easily absorbs anything we put on it. Once the skin soaks in the lotion, shampoo, face wash, etc, those harmful ingredients have full reign to wreak havoc on your immune system, endocrine (hormone) system, or wherever else they can.
My list of key ingredients to avoid in beauty products are:
Parabens - I am sure you have all seen the “paraben free” brands by now, and that is because so many people are waking up to the dangers of these toxic ingredients. Parabens are found in everything from make up to hygiene products and has been known for reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicty, and the list goes on.
Phthalates - Another one found in almost everything! Soaps, shampoos, nail polish, you name it. Even the CDC acknowledges the reproductive toxicity that has been shown in studies. Best to avoid this one altogether.
Triclosan - This is a common one in soaps as a part of the “anti-bacterial” ingredient, but guess what, there are so many other (safer) ingredients that can be used to kill the bad bacteria and keep the good. For those of you who don’t know, our body needs good bacteria (like on our skin and in our gut) to fight off bad bacteria.
Formaldehyde - Wait isn’t this what they use on dead bodies? So why are we using it as an ingredient in our beauty products? Formaldehyde is used to make things last (like nail polish or lipstick) but it’s completely unnecessary and again, there are much safer options out there.
Heavy metals - These are found in a variety of beauty products, but to give a few examples the aluminum in deodorant or lead in makeup. Ladies avoid beauty products with these ingredients at all cost! Your body cannot break down or eliminate heavy metals.
If you are a fact checker, label reader, private investigator for what is healthy like me, I will link some of my favorite websites to check products for harmful ingredients. I do want to say one more thing before I wrap this up, and that is that you are AMAZING for taking the time to read this, and to educate yourself on safer products for you and your bambinos. High five babe.